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The 2006 Major League Baseball season ended with the National League's St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series with the lowest regular season victory total in a non-strike season in history. The American League continued its domination at the All-Star Game by winning its fourth straight game; the A.L. has won nine of the last ten contests (the 2002 game was a tie). This season, the Atlanta Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1990. Individual achievements included Barry Bonds who, despite questions surrounding his alleged steroid use and involvement in the BALCO scandal, surpassed Babe Ruth for second place on the career home runs list.

2006 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 2 – October 27, 2006
Draft
Top draft pickLuke Hochevar
Picked byKansas City Royals
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Justin Morneau (MIN)
NL: Ryan Howard (PHI)
League Postseason
AL championsDetroit Tigers
  AL runners-upOakland Athletics
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upNew York Mets
World Series
ChampionsSt. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-upDetroit Tigers
World Series MVPDavid Eckstein (STL)
MLB seasons

Contents

Final standingsEdit

PostseasonEdit

BracketEdit

  Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(NLCS, ALCS)
World Series
                           
  1 NY Yankees 1  
4 Detroit 3  
  4 Detroit 4  
American League
  3 Oakland 0  
2 Minnesota 0
  3 Oakland 3  
    AL4 Detroit 1
  NL3 St. Louis 4
  1 NY Mets 3  
4 LA Dodgers 0  
  1 NY Mets 3
National League
  3 St. Louis 4  
2 San Diego 1
  3 St. Louis 3  

All-Star gameEdit

AwardsEdit

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Hanley Ramírez (FLA) Justin Verlander (DET)
Cy Young Award Brandon Webb (ARI) Johan Santana (MIN)
Manager of the Year Joe Girardi (FLA) Jim Leyland (DET)
Most Valuable Player Ryan Howard (PHI) Justin Morneau (MIN)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC/LAD) Kenny Rogers (DET)
Catcher Brad Ausmus (HOU) Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Orlando Hudson (ARI) Mark Grudzielanek (KC)
3rd Base Scott Rolen (STL) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Omar Vizquel (SF) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Carlos Beltrán (NYM)
Mike Cameron (SD)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Carlos Zambrano (CHC) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Brian McCann (ATL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Ryan Howard (PHI) Justin Morneau (MIN)
2nd Base Chase Utley (PHI) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Miguel Cabrera (FLA) Joe Crede (CHW)
Shortstop José Reyes (NYM) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Carlos Beltrán (NYM)
Matt Holliday (COL)
Alfonso Soriano (WSH)
Jermaine Dye (CHW)
Vladimir Guerrero (LAA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)

Other awardsEdit

Player of the MonthEdit

Month American League National League
April Jason Giambi Albert Pujols
May Alex Rodriguez Jason Bay
June Joe Mauer David Wright
July David Ortiz Chase Utley
August Travis Hafner Ryan Howard
September Robinson Canó Ryan Howard

Pitcher of the MonthEdit

Month American League National League
April José Contreras Greg Maddux
May CC Sabathia Jason Schmidt
June Johan Santana Chris Young
July John Lackey Carlos Zambrano
August Esteban Loaiza Derek Lowe
September Johan Santana Roy Oswalt

Rookie of the MonthEdit

Month American League National League
April Jonathan Papelbon Prince Fielder
May Justin Verlander Josh Johnson
June Francisco Liriano Josh Johnson
Dan Uggla
July Francisco Liriano Josh Barfield
August Nick Markakis Chris Duncan
September Boof Bonser Aníbal Sánchez

Statistical leadersEdit

ManagersEdit

MilestonesEdit

300–300 Club membersEdit

Home RunsEdit

The following players reached major home run milestones in 2006:

Barry Bonds' countdown to 715Edit

  • May 21 — reached 714 career homers, tying Babe Ruth for second all time
  • May 28 — reached 715 career homers, passing Ruth for second all time

400 career homersEdit

300 career homersEdit

200 career homersEdit

Entry into the top 500Edit

PitchingEdit

HittingEdit

  • Alfonso Soriano of the Washington Nationals become only the fourth player to join the 40–40 Club, joining José Canseco, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez when he stole his 40th base of the season on September 16. Six days later he became the first person ever to reach 40 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 40 doubles in one season.

Other achievementsEdit

  • Matt Holliday hit the longest home run of the season in MLB against the San Francisco Giants on September 19 with an official distance of 443 feet (135 m); HitTracker estimated it at 496 feet (151 m).[1]

EventsEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Beinhoff, Drew (September 20, 2006). "You gotta love Matt Holliday". Real Clear Sports. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Charlton's Baseball Chronology". www.baseballlibrary.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.

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